Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s popularity at Manchester United has plummeted since those dizzy winter heights of last season.
The Red Devils legend won his first eight games at the wheel… and who can forget that famous win against PSG in the Champions League?
But the honeymoon period is well and truly over. Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham extended United’s winless away run to nine Premier League matches.
Fans are fickle so it is natural that many will have already lost patience with the Norwegian. But has he also lost the faith of one of his players?
Phil Jones has been marginalised by Solskjaer this season following the big-money acquisition of Harry Maguire. Thursday’s start in the Europa League against Astana was the gurning defender’s only outing so far this term. So, it is plausible that Jones might be a bit fed up with OGS.
Jones was sat in the stands behind United CEO Ed Woodward during Sunday’s game and many fans have shared Sky Sports video footage which shows Jones appearing to mumble something very anti-Solskjaer.
West Ham fans taunted Solskjaer with chants of: “You’re getting sacked in the morning”. And the allegation made by multiple Twitter users is that Jones joined in before being scalded by Woodward.
One amused fan wrote in response: “Phil Jones deffo says sacked in the morning hahahahaha”.
Jones is famous for his facial twitches so there could well be an innocent explanation for this – another suggestion via Twitter is that he said “piss poor” – but have a look at the evidence below and see what it looks like to you…
Phil Jones deffo says sacked in the morning hahahahaha https://t.co/1DoQ23vggi
— Brad (@bradyates_) September 22, 2019
This looks like jones says
“Getting sacked in the morning”
Ed tells him to “shut up” https://t.co/w7NywWOS5G
— Utd Tickets (@UtdTickets) September 22, 2019
— David Lovett (@dlovett32) September 22, 2019
Jones: Sacked in the morning.
Woodward: We’re on camera, stop.
That’s what it looks like to me….. Hey but who knows!? ?????? https://t.co/so8c7v3JlG
— Steven Garnett (@Sgarnett90) September 22, 2019
Oh wow. I’m pretty good at lip reading and I’m fairly confident Jones does say “sacked in the morning.” https://t.co/sAC5VBKqu4
— JAMES ? (@jamesbeaumont_x) September 22, 2019
He said “piss poor” then Woodward turned around and says “were on camera stop”
— Reece™ (@ReeceT7) September 22, 2019